This guided coach trip travels westwards through Japan, then takes the short sea crossing, to take in the highlights of Japan’s closest neighbour, Korea. The tour visits Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima, Busan, Daegu and Seoul. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2018.

 

This coach tour visits the essential highlights of Japan and Korea. An English-speaking guide accompanies the group throughout.

Visits:

Tour departures:

April 2017 – March 2018  (see “Departure dates” tab)

Day 1 : Leave UK

Depart from London Heathrow on overnight flight to Tokyo.

Day 2 : Ar.Tokyo

Arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport. Transfer by coach to hotel in Tokyo.

In the late afternoon,  meet the tour guide and the other members of the group and travel by metro to the Shinjuku area of Tokyo; a visit to the top of the Metropolitan Government Building is included, for great views of the city and Mt.Fuji beyond, weather permitting. Shinjuku is an area with lively nightlife and plenty of restaurants; dinner is included this evening before returning to the hotel.

Day 3 : Tokyo

A full morning’s sightseeing of Tokyo with local guide. Pass near the walls and gardens of the Imperial Palace and visit the Shinto shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife. Visit the Yasukuni Shrine, built in remembrance of the 2.5 million Japanese who lost their lives in World War II. Pass through Akihabara, the “electric town” full of electronics, anime and manga merchandise, and Kokugikan, the sumo stadium. Visit the Asakusa Kannon Temple, and the shops of the Nakamise Arcade.
Lunch is included.

Afternoon free.

Day 4 : Tokyo - Kyoto

Transfer to Tokyo station to take the Bullet train to Kyoto, which covers the 500km in just over 2 hours. Arrive in time for a full day tour of the city. Kyoto was the country’s capital from 794 to 1868, and because it escaped bombing during WW2, historic buildings are preserved and many temples and shrines in the city are designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. With the local guide visit Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion), Fushimi Inari and the Imperial Palace. Visit the Gion area of Kyoto, well-known for its traditional streets and sights of maiko (apprentice geisha).

Day 5 : Kyoto - Nara - Osaka

We head for Arashiyama, a peaceful refuge amid nature on the outskirts of Kyoto. Visit the Tenryuji Temple – one of the “five major Zen temples of Kyoto” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the bamboo forest. Then leave for the nearby city of Nara, which was also an ancient capital, to visit the Todaiji Temple with its giant Buddha statue. After lunch (included), continue to Horyuji Temple on the outkirts of Nara, a World Heritage site. Its main pagoda is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Then continue to Osaka, the second city of Japan. In the evening visit Dotonbori, a district of bright lights, nightlife and plenty of restaurants.

Day 6 : Osaka - Himeji - Inbe - Okayama

Leave Osaka for Himeji, home of one of the best Edo-period castles in Japan, which has re-opened after extensive restoration work. Then on to Inbe, a small town famous for its pottery (Inbe ware, also known as Bizen ware). Stroll though its quiet streets lined with traditional houses and visit its shops and pottery kilns. Continue to Okayama, to visit Korakuen, one of the most beautiful traditional gardens in Japan, with its lakes, waterfalls and traditional tea houses.

Day 7 : Okayama - Kurashiki - Hiroshima

Leave Okayama for Kurashiki, a town with a very well-preserved historic centre. Time to explore this town and its old-world charm. Continue to Miyajimaguchi, for the short ferry ride to Miyajima, with its Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, dedicated to the guardian of the seas and built partially on the sea. Time to explore the shrine, stroll through the town and have lunch. Then return on the ferry and rejoin the coach to drive the short distance to Hiroshima, to visit the Peace Memorial, the atom bomb dome and the impressive Peace Memorial Museum.
Dinner is included.

Day 8 : Hiroshima - Akiyoshidai - Fukuoka

Today we drive to the karst plateau of Akiyoshidai. We will visit the cave of Akiyoshido, the largest cave in Japan with surprising rock formations and a waterfall inside the cave. After lunch (included), continue to Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. Stop at the Nanzo-in Temple in Sasaguri, Fukuoka Prefecture: its bronze statue of a reclining Buddha is said to be the largest in the world. Arriving in Fukuoka city, free time in Momochi, to admire its beaches and futuristic architecture, followed by a visit to Yatai, and its food stands.

Day 9 : Fukuoka - Busan

We set out early for the port and take the fast ferry which take just 3 hours to reach Busan, Korea.

Visit this port’s famous fish market (free time) and lunch (included). Walk to Yongdusan Park with its 120-metre high pagoda. After visiting the U.N. Memorial and cemetery and the modernistic Doosan Haeundae complex, stay in Busan for one night.

Day 10 : Busan - Ulsan - Gyeongu - Daegu

Drive to Beomeosa, a magnificent Temple in the mountains outside Busan, originally build in the 7th century. Then continue to Ulsan, and the impressive Hyundai motor plant. We then head to Gyeongu, the oldest Korean capital, visiting the tomb of former monarchs as well as Bulguksa Temple and the Grotto of Seokguram, both World Heritage sites. Lunch is included. On to Daegu, the fourth largest city in Korea, for an overnight stay.

Day 11 : Daegu - Seoul

Visit Daegu’s traditional medicine market. Then travel through attractive scenery to Byeongsanseowon, an ancient Confucian institute with a peaceful atmosphere.Visit Hahoe, a traditional village and World Heritage site, with free time to stroll through the street of this rural place where time seems to have stopped. Lunch included.

In the afternoon, continue to Seoul and stop at the Lotte World Tower: participants may choose to climb the tower, or stroll through the park, or in the luxury shopping centres.

Arrive at the hotel around 8pm.

Day 12 : Seoul

Today’s sightseeing of Seoul visits Changdeokgung Palace, a World Heritage site, and Bukchon Hanko Village, a traditional historic neighbourhood with tiny houses. Continue to the Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395 and the largest and arguably the most beautiful of Seoul’s five palaces.
Lunch is included.
Afternoon free in Seoul.

Day 13 : Seoul - UK

After breakfast and checkout, free time in Seoul until departure.
Transfer by yourself to Incheon Airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving the same day.

£ 3,391

per person sharing twin room

Single Supplement: £ 866

Total package price is a “from” price, and is subject to availability of flights on the specified airline in the required class of travel. Different airlines may be offered, at different package prices, depending on availability on your selected dates of travel.

Included

  • Return flights from the UK in Economy class on Asiana London - Seoul, Tokyo - London
  • Day2 - 12: group tour by JTB/Europamundo, including:
  • - English-speaking meeting assistant at Narita airport on arrival, and transfer to hotel in Tokyo by regular bus
  • - English-speaking guide throughout
  • - Accommodation on room & breakfast basis at the hotels indicated or similar - 2nts Tokyo, 1nt Kyoto, 1nt Osaka, 1nt Okayama, 1nt Hiroshima, 1nt Fukuoka, 1nt Busan, 1nt Daegu. 2nts Seoul.
  • - Fast ferry Fukuoka - Busan on day 9
  • - 10 meals (lunch on days 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Dinner on days 2, 7)
  • - Full sightseeing programme including entrance fees

Not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals, beverages, accommodation or travel arrangements not shown in the itinerary
  • Incidental costs such as personal laundry, drinks, snacks
  • Passport and other visa document fees (UK citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days in Japan)

These tours operated by JTB/Europamundo have found great success in the Latin American market, and are guaranteed to operate on all the following dates.

Dates refer to flight departure from the UK, in order to join the group tour the following day. 

2017 Apr 09, 16, 23, 30
May 07, 14, 21, 28
Jun 04, 11, 18, 25
Jul 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Aug 06, 13, 20, 27
Sep 03, 10, 17, 24
Oct 01, 08, 15, 29
Nov 12, 26
Dec 10, 24
2018 Jan 07, 21
Feb 04, 18
Mar 04, 18

 

Tour ref: 13435

Hotels used for this tour are Superior grade throughout (Japan has no star rating system, but these are equivalent to 4-star).
Actual hotels confirmed are subject to confirmation for each particular group, but are expected to be:

TOKYO: Shinagawa Prince or Courtyard Marriott Ginza

KYOTO: New Miyako Hotel or Hotel Kyoto Tokyu or Hotel Nikko Nara

OSAKA: Courtyard Shin Osaka Station

OKAYAMA: ANA Crowne Plaza

HIROSHIMA: Grand Prince Hotel or Gran Via Hiroshima or ANA Crowne Plaza

FUKUOKA: Canal City or ANA Crowne Plaza

BUSAN: Hotel Ibis Ambassador Haeundae

DAEGU: Daegu Prince Hotel

SEOUL: Courtyard Times Square